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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 19, 1:00 AM Thread Starter
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Had 2 Optima blue tops die on me in the last 2 months. One was just shy of 8 years old and the other not quite 6 years old. Both were heavily abused, the 2011 battery was in my car trailer powering the winch and the 2013 battery was the backup for the winch as well as used for jump starts, testing circuits and used powering sprayers. They often got run down to less than 3 volts and sat for long periods without being used or charged. Both were brought to the store for warranty replacement, I bought them for the core charge and charged them properly.

Replaced one today with a new yellow top that should give lots of years of service.

Have red tops in the Chevelle, Nova and my Silverado. Chevelle battery is new, the Nova battery is 4 years old and the Silverado battery is 5 years old. I seem to have good luck with these, I know some people do not. Bought my first red top in 1996 and have been using them ever since.
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I use them in my boat and beat the hell out of them. They keep on ticking. I know for a fact that your typical wet cell will not take the beating these batteries take.
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I've got a few myself and have had good luck with them, having 2 yellow tops and a red top that is about 5 1/2 years old. I read about folks having bad luck with Optima batteries, but knock on wood, not me.
I just checked and my yellow tops are 2010! Not bad I'd say.
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I've got a few myself and have had good luck with them, having 2 yellow tops and a red top that is about 5 1/2 years old. I read about folks having bad luck with Optima batteries, but knock on wood, not me.
Some folk(not all though) don't know how to charge AGM/Gel batteries, so when they die the uneducated give them a bad rap.

The Red top in my El Camino has been in service since 2003 and continues to give.......touch wood
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Some folk(not all though) don't know how to charge AGM/Gel batteries, so when they die the uneducated give them a bad rap.

The Red top in my El Camino has been in service since 2003 and continues to give.......touch wood
I have never tried a gel battery. Just in case I ever do give one a try, what is the proper way to charge one? My guess would be to hook it up to my charger, select AGM and see if it charges. Please, educate me. I'm Not being sarcastic, seriously, is there some kind of secret to properly charge one? They must be really good to last 16 years. All I ever get out of my regular wet batteries is 5 to 7 years.

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Charge them very slowly. I use a battery tender plus that puts out 1.25 amps. It can take a couple of days depending on the state of charge. If completely dead another good battery will have to be hooked up with it for an hour or so to start the process.
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